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   25 Jul 2024      ()
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Verbascum creticum   (Glandular Mullein)

Verbascum creticum  (SCROPHULARIACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Dec-2007 (taxon update: none)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2022). Verbascum creticum - datasheet created on Dec-2007. Retrieved from on 25-Jul-2024

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Verbascum creticum(L.) Cav.
Published in Elench. Pl. Horti Matrit. 39 (1803)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Celsia cretica L.f.
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life] []

Plant Family :

Scrophulariaceae Juss. (The Figwort Family)
9 species from the Scrophulariaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Glandular Mullein

Maltese name(s) :

Maltese name not known

Status for Malta :

Indigenous. Present on the Maltese islands before man

Frequency :

Very Common     Common    Frequent     Scarce     Rare    Very rare     Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: THEROPHYTE ( annual plants, herbaceous )
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection :

Not legally protected till the last update of this website (2/Mar/2022)

Red List (1989) :

Threatened status for the Maltese Islands and has been listed in the Red Data Book (1st ed.)

Flowering Time :

April – June

Colour of Flowers:



Not particularly toxic

Name Derivation :

creticum: Related to or from the Mediterranean island of Crete. (Latin origin )

Planting in rural areas :

Can be planted in rural areas according to ERA Guidelines

Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Data will be available in the next update of this website.
Preferred habitat in Malta: Data will be available in the next update of this website.
Botanical Description: Biennial, glandular pubescent and also with somewhat longer eglandular hairs; stems 40-150 cm. Basal leaves 15-25 x 4-7 cm, oblong, crenate-dentate to somewhat pinnatifid. Inflorescence simple. Bracts 12-25 mm, ovate, acuminate, serrate; pedicels 3-6 mm. Calyx 8-15 mm; lobes serrate. Corolla 40-50 mm in diameter. Stamens 4, without staminode, unequal, the lower with decurrent anthers 5-6 mm long. Style 20-25 mm. Capsule 9-15 mm, ellipsoid-globose.
Distributional range: W. Mediterranean region.

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):
the Balaeric Islands, Doubtful in Corse, Doubtful in France (incl. Monaco and Channel Islands but excluding Corse), Spain (incl. Andorra but excl. the Balaerics), Italy (excl. Sicily and Sardignia), Sardinia, Sicily and/or Malta
Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
  Country codes  
? Ag Bl Co Ga(F) Hs(S) It Ma Sa Si(M S) Tn [Az(F) nCa(C)]

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Species Images (11 images)
   Verbascum creticum   -   Image Code: VBSCR-0.
   Verbascum creticum   -   Image Code: VBSCR-1.
   Verbascum creticum   -   Image Code: VBSCR-2.
   Verbascum creticum   -   Image Code: VBSCR-3.
   Verbascum creticum   -   Image Code: VBSCR-4.
   Verbascum creticum   -   Image Code: VBSCR-5.
   Verbascum creticum   -   Image Code: VBSCR-6.
   Verbascum creticum   -   Image Code: VBSCR-7.
   Verbascum creticum   -   Image Code: VBSCR-8.
   Verbascum creticum   -   Image Code: VBSCR-9.
   Verbascum creticum   -   Image Code: VBSCR-10.

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